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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    See, but you're still saying what we should think. If you believe that it's not okay for GG to say, "this is how it is", then why is it okay for you to reply, "no, this is how it is." (FTR, I don't have a problem with either one of you saying "this is how it is", but I don't understand why he can't say it, but you can.)
    Where did I say he can't say something? He can say whatever he wants and I get to say that he's wrong. I do think he's wrong in saying that that Tess and I just love the idea of killing someone, but of course, his comments you take no issue with.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Honestly there are some crimes that are so heinous and brutal in nature that I just can't understand the mindset that feels more sorry for the perpetrator than the victims.
    I would say that it is due to tunnel vision whereby the moral complexity of the situation has been restricted resulting in a one dimensional approach rather than multidimensional.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Where did I say he can't say something? He can say whatever he wants and I get to say that he's wrong. I do think he's wrong in saying that that Tess and I just love the idea of killing someone, but of course, his comments you take no issue with.
    Oh, well if you're playing this game, then GG never told anybody what to feel like you accused him of doing.

    What I am trying to get across to you is that you are doing the exact same thing to GG that you accused him of doing. And as I said, I have no problem with EITHER one of your opinions. It's that double standard that I take issue with and you are the one perpetuating it.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    I'm glad you think so.


    I pretty much agree. What do you think about personal condemnation of criminals before they've paid their debt? For example, things like calling them "monsters" or wishing harm on them.
    I think that is something which rests with the individual. Iow, I can't control someone's thoughts/feelings/emotional responses. If you're asking if it should be banned- no, certainly not. *sticks and stones*.......
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I think that is something which rests with the individual. Iow, I can't control someone's thoughts/feelings/emotional responses. If you're asking if it should be banned- no, certainly not. *sticks and stones*.......
    No, I just wanted to know your thoughts which you've provided with the "rests with the individual" comment which I ultimately agree with.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    What role should mercy place in society?

    Society should be sometimes be merciful.Really it depends on the severity of the crime.Crimes like 1st degree murder, murder associated with some other crime like burglary,armed robber, crime like rape and child molestation, and crimes like armed robbery should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.Petty theft,drug use/possession, vandalism and other minor criminals should be shown mercy the first time.
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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Honestly there are some crimes that are so heinous and brutal in nature that I just can't understand the mindset that feels more sorry for the perpetrator than the victims.
    But nobody has argued that someone should feel more sorry for the perpetrator than the victims.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I would say that it is due to tunnel vision whereby the moral complexity of the situation has been restricted resulting in a one dimensional approach rather than multidimensional.
    Perhaps, G. I admit I don't see much moral complexity in whether or not to condemn/punish a killer of children (as an example).

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    partly i agree with you ,but some serial killers may deserve much more than being kept away from society.
    I understand that sentiment even though I don't ultimately agree with it. I understand it most when I'm emotionally connected to some "wrong" that is committed whether it's a personal attack or something more severe like a physical attack. It's usually those moments where it's most difficult for me to stick to my sense of morality which is that mercy is the best reaction in the face a perceived wrong.

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    Re: What role should mercy play in society?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Oh, well if you're playing this game, then GG never told anybody what to feel like you accused him of doing.

    What I am trying to get across to you is that you are doing the exact same thing to GG that you accused him of doing. And as I said, I have no problem with EITHER one of your opinions. It's that double standard that I take issue with and you are the one perpetuating it.
    If I'm telling GG what to think by disagreeing with him, does that mean he did the same thing by expressing his opinion in the first place?

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